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Dropped Object Risk Assessment Check List

Risk assessment check list

Item No.
Assessment
Initials
Date
Notes
1
Has a dropped objects and tool prevention course been completed      
2
Are the consequences of dropped Tools and Objects understood      
3
Lead a Risk Assessment plan for an activity involving working at height      
4
Consider the level of risk      
5
Is the difference between Static and Dynamic dropped tools understood      
6
Identify Hazards      
7
Identify potential static dropped objects within your area of work.      
8
Use an observation process for analyzing and identifying potential dynamic dropped objects during an operational activity. Identify any piece of equipment that moves and has the ability to collide, hit or strike and conversely be hit by or struck by other pieces of equipment      
9
Identify and explain dropped objects preventive controls in use on the installation      
10
Identify and explain dropped objects mitigating controls in use on the installation      
11
Check if the risk of anything falling can be eliminated by doing the work at ground level      
12
Check that all materials and equipment are secure      
13
Check if suitable bins are provided for small, loose objects      
14
Clearly identify primary securing and secondary retention devices while participating in an installation based dropped objects inspection with a supervisor      
15
Check if appropriate Personal Safety Equipment is being used and operatives are trained and certified to work at height      
16
Identify the company approved dropped objects toolkit for working at height.      
17
Has tool kit, tools and tethering systems been inspected and passed fit for purpose      
18
Show how to use the company approved dropped objects toolkit for working at height.      
19
Check all hand tools are suitably tethered      
20
Check tool lanyard anchor points if using belt / bags or holsters are structurally rated      
21
Is there a tool issue log book in place      
22
Consider the use of catch scaffolding or safety net under the work area      
23
Check scaffolding toe boards are in place      
24
Check all portable hand tools will not come apart during use      
25
Is the work area adequately barricaded offAre drop fall zones areas designated and appropriate signs displayed      
26
Is The work area tidy and free from loose objects and debris      
27
Is there a formal and up-to-date method statement in place and are those responsible implementing it      
28
Are adequate control measures in place      
29
Is use being made of THINK and START Identify Hazards programmes      
30
Should operational changes occur is TIME OUT for SAFETY (TOS) being implemented      


Further explanation to points in risk assessment checklist and additional considerations for use in the method statement

Identify and explain dropped objects preventive controls in use on the installation

The participant shall identify and explain both static preventive controls (equipment maintenance/periodic inspection process, primary securing devices such as nuts, bolts, screws and brackets) and dynamic preventive controls (individual awareness, observation process, risk assessment, management of change, derrick log book, lift plans and third party equipment inspections).

Identify and explain dropped objects mitigating controls in use on the installation.

The participant shall identify and explain both static and dynamic mitigating controls.
Examples of static mitigating controls include secondary retention such as wire slings, lock wire, split pins, roll pins, spring clamps, lock washers, safety chains, barriers and restricted access areas.
Examples of dynamic mitigating controls include at height tool kits, secondary retention such as wire slings, lock wire, split pins, roll pins, spring clamps, lock washers, safety chains, barriers and restricted access
areas and PA announcements.

Inspect the company approved dropped objects toolkit for working at height.

Participants must be able to check the condition of all fasteners, tethers, lanyards, bags, and belts that are attached to tools in the tool box. Ensure that all tool fasteners are in good working order and not damaged. Inspect the lanyards for wear and also any adverse affects on the lanyards from exposure to chemicals. Ensure that the tool box is kept in a clean and orderly fashion.

Check tools for damage and excessive wear which may lead to failure

Show how to use the company approved dropped objects toolkit for working at height

The operative should show how to use the working-at-height tools correctly. The tools must be attached in a manner that does not have the ability to become loose and fall while working at height. The participant must also demonstrate how to use tool issue log book when taking tools and equipment up in the work place.

Complete Dropped Tools prevention training course.

Participants should successfully complete Dropped Tools and Objects Training course.



Author: Drew Beardmore October 2011

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